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    Updated on Sep 1, 2019. Posted on Aug 22, 2019

    26 Inexpensive And Environmentally-Friendly Products

    Doing your part to help save the environment doesn't have to cost a fortune.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Some collapsible silicone straws that fold up and fit into a small carrying case, so you can easily bring them wherever you go and always feel good about helping save those turtles.

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    This was one of my Prime-day purchases, and I'm so glad I bought them. The case is so small it fits in my "weekend purse" (you know, the smaller one that's easier to bring around the city) and makes me feel better about forgetting to order my Starbucks drink with the straw-less lid. I used these a few times already, and they're way better than relying on a paper straw and cost about the same as two coffees.

    Promising review: "These are durable, easy to clean, and come with a nice little travel case. I keep two in my car for my kids. They are normal length, made of BPA free silicone, and each has its own brush and container packaged in a take along pod. Before these, I had purchased stainless steel ones but I didn’t like those. These just fold up and are contained until you get them home again and wash them out. I am very happy with my purchase." —AB

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. A reusable silicon bag with so many uses, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Need to steam vegetables? Check! Freeze fruit for smoothies? Double check! Pack a lunch? Triple check!

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    Plus, they're dishwasher and microwave safe!

    Promising review: "Well, these are amazing. I didn't expect them to be. I'm trying to replace disposable items in my home with more sustainable/eco-responsible items. I ordered these just to try. I did not expect to love them as much as I do. They are thick and sturdy. The top is easy to close, and it stays closed. Cleaning is a breeze because the opening is big enough to get your scrubber in there and really get it clean. A+++" —Grasshopper

    Get one from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in five sizes and in 12 colors).

    3. A foldable reusable bag you should always keep with you. You really never know when you're going to be out and walk by a Trader Joe's with no line that is just begging for you to come in and purchase at least three bags of the cauliflower gnocchi...

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    Promising review: "I received a BAGGU bag several years ago as a gift, and I use it nearly every day! The things that sets BAGGU apart from other bags: 1) Cute prints! There are a lot to choose from! 2) It folds and fits easily in my purse. You know those bags that you open up and can never fit it back in it's original case? You will NOT experience that with these bags!! 3) Durability. I generally use my bags for canned goods and grocery shopping. The strap is also large enough to wear over the shoulder for ease of carrying. I'd recommend BAGGU to anyone!!" —S T

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in 34 colors and patterns).

    4. A set of unbreakable plates made of wheat straw (so they're biodegradable).

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    Plus, they're dishwasher and microwave-safe!

    Promising review: "Overall, these are fantastic plates! These are the best faux plastic plates I've purchased. There was no funky smell, and they have held up time and time again in the dishwasher and microwave. They are also incredible easy to hand wash. The plates are virtually non-stick. Melted cheese couldn't even bond to these little BPA free beasts. Great price. Great product. Great purchase." —Alison and or Grant Meyer

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $21.59.

    5. A compostable bin with a rotating handle so you can put all your food scraps in it and then just pick it up and carry it to the outdoor composter without dealing with whatever smell situation is inside.

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    Promising review: "I love this compost bin! It is very well designed. They actually tested all aspects of it. The one-handed operation is SO much better than having to lift off a lid like my old steel compost bin. The lid flips up/down very easily. The lid removes when you want to empty it out. The plastic inside is super smooth so there are no nooks or crannies for food to get caught. Most of the waste simply slips off and then you can just rinse it and you are good to go. I don't have to buy compost bags anymore either. There is no smell when it is on the counter. I was worried about it looking tacky on my counter because it is plastic, but it is so well designed that it even looks classy on my granite counter." —Susanne M. Millar

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in gray and white).

    6. A set of cotton produce bags to take to the grocery store with you so you can keep your produce fresh and stop using all those plastic bags.

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    The set includes 1 large, 2 medium, and 2 small bags that are washable.

    Promising review: "These are durable mesh bags I can keep re-using for produce shopping. It feels SO wonderful not having to use the plastic baggies each time. The size of bags are sufficient. No one knows how to subtract the tare weight yet, so I have been removing the produce for weighing and then re-bagging." —Anna Baker

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $10.99.

    7. A pack of beeswax food wraps that'll replace your need for plastic wrap all together. All you have to do is use the warmth of your hands to mold the wrap over a bowl, container, or food item, and as it cools, it will create a seal to protect it.

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    Promising review: "This is such an incredible product for the kitchen. What a great product. It's so easy to use. I love that this is reusable, and the quality is so goo. I imagine I’ll be using it for a long time. The wax seals right to my containers and blocks odors and keeps my leftovers fresh." —Jennh

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $18+ (available in four designs).

    Read one BuzzFeeder's full review of the beeswax food wrap here.

    8. A French press designed to make you feel so fancy and down-right Parisian as you make coffee sans paper filter.

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    Promising review: "I love this French press. I love that there's no plastic, and it's sustainable. I love that it was inexpensive, and I love how it looks. i recommended it to a friend who also purchased it ,and she's happy with hers as well!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in gold and silver).

    9. A pack of dryer balls because you've been frustrated with your lackluster dryer that really doesn't actually dry your clothes for too long. Stop yelling "You have ONE job" at it and add these to your loads to dry everything in a quarter of the time.

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    Promising review: "These dryer balls are the best. I use 3-4 of them in the dryer instead of softener or dryer sheets. You determine the scent. Just add 2-3 drops of essential oil on one of the wool balls. These dryer balls help prevent wrinkles, but most importantly, are good for our environment. I bought these wool dryer balls for my daughters as they are the best (both my daughters and the dryer balls)!" —Lissy

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two color variations).

    10. A bamboo toothbrush you'll be b-rushing to use all the time because your teeth will feel so clean, and you'll never need another plastic toothbrush again.

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    Promising review: "As an environmentalist, I always choose eco-friendly products in my daily life. I would totally recommend this bamboo toothbrush set. Not only it is biodegradable, but it does clean your teeth. The bamboo toothbrush set come with 4 different colored toothbrushes. They are very beautiful and you never have to worry that you may mix your toothbrush with your family members. The Germany imported bristle is not too hard nor too soft, which is super suitable for my teeth. I would like to buy another set for my family. I highly recommend!!!" —Yanan Ma

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $8.99.

    11. A set of silicone reusable tea infusers so you can get your caffeine (or just tea) fix without constantly throwing out tea bag after tea bag.

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    Just buy some loose leaf tea, fill the bag, and add to hot water!

    Promising review: "I love these reusable filters. They were exactly what I hoped for! I would highly recommend them for people who like to use loose leaf tea and want to avoid using disposable tea bags." —Carrie

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.49.

    12. A seven-piece portable flatware set you can roll up and take with you and then tell every take-out restaurant you won't be needing their plastic silverware.

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    The set includes a knife, fort, spoon, chopsticks, bent straw, straight straw, straw brush, and one storage bag that fits it all.

    Promising review: "This is a great substitute for plastic utensils. It doesn’t take much space in a bag, so I carry it around everywhere." —Evie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29+ (available in rose gold, silver, and multicolor).

    13. Some silicone stretch lid covers that fit over bowls, cups, glassware, jars, and even fruits and vegetables to keep freshness in and plastic wrap out.

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    Promising review: "This is truly an amazing replacement for plastic wrap or other covers that are not eco-friendly! And it saves you money in the long run! You can throw them in the fridge/freezer/microwave because they are made out of the most kitchen/earth friendly material...silicone! Plus, they're easy to clean, easy to use, and durable as hell!" —Tammy Cardona-Zambeis

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.99.

    14. Cloth napkins you can totally use every day because they're not just for special occasions. Or, if you think about it, using cloth napkins just makes every day a special occasion.

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    Get a set of six from Amazon for $10.91+ (available in eight patterns).

    15. Some bamboo towels that'll replace six-month's worth of paper towels, so you can keep your home clean, feel good about the impact you have on the environment, *and* never have to worry about using tissues to clean up a spill because that's all you have left in your house because you forgot to pick up some paper towels from the store on your way home.

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    ...not talking from experience, not at all.

    All you have to do when you're done using one is throw it in the wash!

    Promising review: "I clean for a living, so using these on the job as well as my home makes life much easier, and I can feel better about not being so wasteful. I use them for drying my hands, cleaning the countertops, and as a reusable Swiffer pad for floors. What I do is mark each one with a Sharpie. My first initial for hands and face at home, 'C' for cleaning counters and 'F' for floor. What I love about these the most is they dry a lot quicker than regular towels and washing them is super easy. Dirt and grime tends to just rinse right out. Even on the mop pads. It's incredible. Now I don't have to waste money buying the Swiffer refills. These are different to use but it's worth figuring out what works for you!! A must buy for eco-friendly cleaning!" —Joyce

    Get a roll of 20 sheets from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A reusable cover for your sweeper that you can just throw in the wash when you're done wet or dry-moping your floor.

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    Promising review: "This is perfect!! It's sturdy, great quality, and fits my Swiffer wet jet like a charm. I love that I don't have to keep buying replacement pads. So wasteful! I'm happy it comes with two because if one is dirty, you have a second one to use while you wash the other. Love love love it." —Olivia

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99.

    17. A coffee tumbler so you can – once and for all – stop getting disposable coffee cups every time you decide to stop by your local shop in the morning. Plus, this baby keeps your coffee hotter for longer.

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    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in four sizes and nine colors).

    18. A double edge razor made out of bamboo that not only looks better in your bathroom than a disposable plastic one, but actually does a better job of giving you a closer, smoother shave.

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    Promising review: "This razor is beautiful and very easy to use. The weight is perfect and the high polished stainless just glides over the skin like an Olympic skier. I just switched from disposables and have been blown away by the performance. Zero razor burn and a closer shave than I've ever had with a disposable!" —Donald

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99. And get refill blades from Amazon for $7.82.

    19. A compostable sponge that works just as hard (or harder) than the sponge you currently use to give your dishes the deep clean they deserve.

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    Reviewers say one sponge lasts about 1-2 weeks, and then you can put it in a compost bin.

    Promising review: "I love these sponges! They don’t stink after using them, and they are easy to clean. They clean my dishes very well. They are very sturdy and have not broken apart. They are a great value, and I recommend this product for people looking for a sturdy, eco-friendly sponge!" —Kayshla

    Get a pack of six from Amazon $3.99+ (available in a 3- or 6-pack).

    20. A set of snack and sandwich bags designed to look so good that everyone will be asking where you got them from so they can get their own. You'll turn into the trendsetter you've always wanted to be. 😎

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    Promising review: "I ordered these bags because I am trying to limit the amount of plastic zip-top bags I use when packing my lunch. These bags are lined with some kind of insulated material which is very easy to clean. The outside fabric is also very easy to clean. The zippers work well, too." —Anthony Sanchez

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three patterns).

    21. A menstrual cup that will be the only product you'll use during your period every month. Say goodbye to monthly trips to the drug store to pick up tampons and pads!

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    Promising review: "I did a lot of research when it came to picking this cup out. I was sort of intimidated about the thought of putting a cup in my hooha, but hey it is better for the environment and no risk of TSS, so I was down to try it. I just have to say that this thing works wonders! I was worried that it would take me 2 or 3 cycles to figure this thing out, but after reading about all the tips and tricks it only to me two days to figure it out. Best method for me is the punch down method, and insert it at an angle, then let go of the cup when its ALMOST in, so there is no accidental "suction to the cervix" LOL ...then just wiggle it in and pinch the bottom of the cup and turn it 360 degrees to make sure its fully open." —Racheal Lane

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $18.95.

    22. A set of collapsible containers you can use for leftovers both at home or at a restaurant. Just keep them collapsed and in your bag till you're done eating!

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love these. Since I ride my bicycle everywhere by choice, I can throw one of these bins in my backpack for my leftovers at restaurants, so that I don't impact the planet with more single-use plastic. I absolutely love them. They clean up easily. There are four different sizes and the lids clip-on and are very secure. These are great for home or travel." —janna carver

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $19.99 (available in round and square).

    23. Or a set of glass storage containers you'll feel so much better about microwaving food in. Plus, these may save you from the avalanche that is your Tupperware cabinet.

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    Promising review: "I love using these handy glass containers instead of plastic ones. They are sturdy, and the lids keep everything closed up tight. They're easy to clean, and I don't worries about chemicals when I use them in the microwave!" —Suzie Queen

    Get a 14-piece set from Amazon for $21.73.

    24. Some compostable poop bags because your furry friend can also do their part to help the environment!

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    Promising review: "We've tried what feels like ALL the brands of compostable bags. These are the best. They're thick enough, don't rip easily, and they don't break down before you've even started using them. Add in a reasonable per-bag price, and they are a no-brainer if you want to avoid having your dog's poo sitting in plastic bag, preserved for the ages." —V. Bauch

    Get them from Amazon for $16.95 (300 bags in the roll).

    25. A popcorn popper you just fill with kernels, ~pop~ in the microwave, and end up with delicious popcorn in minutes.

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    Having one of these has seriously changed my life. Buying microwave popcorn can get pretty expensive, and usually there are only three bags in the box. Plus, there's a lot of extra packaging that gets thrown away. With one of these, I'm able to make as much or as little popcorn as I want, whenever I want. Plus, after tasting the fresh popcorn you may never want the boxed stuff again.

    Promising review: "I love it and feel less guilty about eating popcorn since there is no oil! It's super easy and also eco-friendly!" —Pamela B

    Get it from Amazon for $15.90 (available in 15 colors).

    26. A biodegradable bento box with four compartment to fit different kinds of food so you can bring a complete lunch to work *and* feel good about saving money at the same time.

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    Plus, it's microwave and dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I love my Edo Box. It holds a substantial amount of food, safe to use in the microwave and just holds great value for me since I bring my lunch to work daily. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to contribute to the environment and use an excellent product!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    When someone says they don't recycle:

    Debmar-Mercury

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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